4 out of 4 stars
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We all know the word: Judeo-Christianity. We have heard time and again how our country, America, has been founded on its beliefs. The word Judeo-Christianity - when used in the context of spiritual origins - is meant to unite. However, within the tent of Christianity alone, there is a great deal of division and discord. Many Christians disregard their common spiritual heritage and look upon believers in Christ from other sects as if they were from different religions. Catholics will not accept the teachings of Protestanism as Christian and vice-versa. Instead of uniting over the central values - the life, death, and resurrection of Christ and the salvation offered to those who believe in Him - Christians divide themselves over styles of worship and institutional traditions.
A Search For Truth by Sylvia L. Lewis is an inspirational, religious novel that tells the story of a young woman trying to find her place between two seemingly different faiths. Cynthia Johnson is a devout Catholic young woman with a promising career, a doting fiance, and a loving family. Cynthia's life seems perfect until her family reveals that they have been keeping a life-changing secret from her. As a result of this revelation, Cynthia's family seems to tear apart at the seams, and Cynthia finds herself trying to understand whether it's possible to be true to her roots and still faithful to Christ.
It is refreshing to read a Christian book that recognizes that the love of Christ reaches all believers regardless of their denomination. The author does an excellent job explaining the differences in different denominations while still recognizing their intrinsic value in the eyes of God. I especially liked the way the author introduces the reader to Messianic-Christianity by skillfully weaving it into the story. Messianic-Christianity is not a well-known denomination, and yet it is so important to the Body of Christ. Jesus was Jewish and followed all the rituals of Judaism for His entire life. Despite that fact, most Christians expect a Jewish person who believes in Jesus to give up his or her heritage when they choose to follow Christ. The author does a commendable job of showing how Messianic-Christianity allows Jewish believers to follow Christ without being unfaithful to their heritage.
Between sections of the book, the author adds some questions and points to consider. I did not spend much time on the questions, preferring to read the book as a novel. However, they might be helpful for some readers, especially if the book is used for group-discussion such as in a book-club. The romantic angle of the story is deep and tender and added to my enjoyment of the book as a whole.
Overall, A Search For Truth leads the reader to the understanding that Jesus died for all who believe, regardless of their denomination. His love for us and His desire for us to be saved is bigger than our doctrinal differences. The book is well written and well-edited. I could only find one minor error. I wish there were more Christian books as open-hearted and accepting as this one. I rate it 4 out of 4 stars.
A Search For Truth (2nd Edition)
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